Massachusetts Jobs Update: July 2013

The Chamber publishes this monthly update to provide public officials with insight into state and regional job trends.

Massachusetts Jobs Update: June 2013

  • Massachusetts added 2,800 jobs in June, posting its second consecutive month of job growth.  This follows a revised May employment gain of 6,500 – which is 2,200 jobs more than was initially reported.  Overall, Massachusetts has added 20,500 jobs in the first half of the year.
  • Massachusetts added 40,300 non-farm jobs year-over-year (June ’12 – June ’13), for a job growth rate of 1.2%, below the U.S. rate of 1.7%.
  • Massachusetts’ June unemployment rate jumped up four-tenths of a percent to 7.0%, remaining below the U.S. rate of 7.6%.  The state’s rate was up three-tenths of a point from June 2012, and equaled the state’s highest unemployment rate since November 2011.
  • Eight of 12 regions added jobs year-over-year with the largest percentage gains seen in the Cape Cod, Merrimack Valley, and South Coast and Greater Boston regions, respectively.
  • Education & Health Services (+1,300) posted the largest monthly private sector job gain in June, followed by Other Services and Leisure & Hospitality (both at +700), and Construction (+600).

Regional Jobs Breakdown:

Metropolitan Region

Total
Jobs

% Change Since
June 2012

MASSACHUSETTS

3,319,600

1.2%

Barnstable

103,600

4.4%

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy

1,761,900

2.1%

Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton

88,400

-0.3%

Framingham

160,600

1.2%

Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury

81,200

2.4%

Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner

47,600

-0.6%

Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford

118,400

-0.3%

New Bedford

67,800

2.1%

Peabody

102,900

0.9%

Pittsfield

35,600

0.3%

Springfield

281,700

-1.5%

Worcester

245,000

0.8%